Impact and Sustainability in Art Based Social Enterprises

A WHITE, Benjamin Neville, K Dembek, G McQuilten

Melbourne Social Equity Institute | Published : 2015


This report maps the emergent territory of social entrepreneurship in the arts in Australia and investigates factors that impact upon the ability of art-based social enterprises to sustain their work and create meaningful social benefit. It is based on a research project carried out in 2014 at the University of Melbourne with the support of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. The report is presented in three parts; (i) a literature review of the field of art and its relationship to social enterprise, including issues, potential benefits and research gaps; (ii) findings from a pilot study examining the tensions between artistic, social and economic goals in art-based social enterprises; an..

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